Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch

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Group of people in the early 20th century on a trip to Weston by paddle steamer To Weston on the Waverley - Reader John Summerfield got in touch to share this photo of a group enjoying a trip to Weston-Super-Mare on the Waverley paddle steamer. John believes most of the group were from Tongwynlais or nearby and that the photo was taken around 1919. The Waverley was a paddle steamer that cruised the Bristol Channel. It looks ... more...
The Lewis Arms pub sign The Lewis Arms Heraldry - I was looking for a project to work on over the summer and decided it might be interesting to research and illustrate the Lewis Arms sign. The motto “Ofner Na Ofne Angau” means “Fear Him Who Fears Not Death”. According to Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, this was attributed to Gwaethvoed ... more...
Old photo of shop on Mill Road, Tongwynlais with staff posing outside The Mill Road Stores - I’ve been sent some brilliant photos of the old shops on Mill Road. They were a little scratched and damaged so I’ve restored them for you to enjoy. Andrew sent me this photo of Cliff Davies’ grocery shop that was at 24 Mill Road. He told me, “Cliff Davies was my grandfather and he had ... more...
Promotional poster for CastellCoch.com New Site for Castell Coch Launched - I’ve been writing about, photographing and collecting Castell Coch memorabilia for many years now. Over the last few months, I’ve built a brand new site dedicated to this local landmark. CastellCoch.com is a collection of memorabilia, stories and images inspired by Cardiff’s fairytale castle. I’m going to continue writing about Tongwynlais on this site. There ... more...
Old black and white postcard featuring photo of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 12 - We’re returning to Castell Coch for this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais“. This card has a stamp commemorating King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. The postmark is unclear but it looks like it’s dated 1935. You can see in the comparison below that very little has changed in the last 85 years. The safety ... more...